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Pink Night Scores Big Win for Cancer Charity

“Pink Night,” a program in which the Middlesex County College and Ocean County College basketball teams supported Breast CancerAwareness, was held at Middlesex on February 2. The men’s and women’s teams from both schools wore special warm-up t-shirts and members of the women’s team organized a bake sale and collected donations for cancer research. The program was part of “Pink Zone,” a national effort to raise awareness and funds, organized by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The effort raised $524, which was donated to Peppermints & Ginger, an organization that provides comfort kits to chemotherapy patients. The Middlesex women won the first contest 82-73 and the Middlesex men took the nightcap 67-52. The women are now 24-3 overall, 19-2 in Region 19. They won the first round of the Region 19 Tournament and are now in the Final Four. The men’s team finished 15-14 overall and15-11 in the Region.


Before the women’s game, two-time cancer survivor Diane Edmonds officiated at a ceremonial tipoff. She is tossing the ball, and is flanked by Middlesex forward Caitlin Norek, left, and Ocean County College’s April Szymczyk. In background, from left: Middlesex Assistant Coach Jo-Ann Zwiebel, Head Coach Michel Powell, President Joann La Perla-Morales, Ocean Assistant Coach Thomas Westen and Ocean Athletic Director Ilene Cohen.

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